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Will The Summer Olympics Fix Rio's Problems Or Make Them Worse?

Officials in Rio de Janeiro say they will use the 2016 Olympics to transform the city, but massive sports events like the Olympics carry a huge price tag, and often leave only white elephants behind.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky returns to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 29, 2015. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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McConnell's Call For 'Regular Order' May Not Mean What It Used To

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A woman wrapped in a Greek flag makes her way in to a demonstration to support the new anti-austerity government in Athens on Thursday. Louisa Goulimaki/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In A Twist, Greeks Demonstrate In Favor Of Their Government

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Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (top) play bloodsucking housemates struggling with mundane things like rent and chores. Unison Films hide caption

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What Do We Do 'In The Shadows'? Dishes, Mostly

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Olympic Golf Course Makes Rio Greener But Turns Some Residents Red

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Artist Jesse Howard filled his 20-acre property with hand-painted signs. Collection of the Kansas City Art Institute. hide caption

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Ornery Artist's Hand-Lettered Screeds Helped Him Keep The World At Bay

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JD McPherson's latest album is Let the Good Times Roll. Kelly Kerr/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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JD McPherson: A Walk On The Psych Side Of Early Rock 'N' Roll

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